# Number Sense Blog

By Mathnasium | Added Nov 21, 2018

Are you visiting family or friends over the Thanksgiving holiday? If so, your travel plans may be the perfect opportunity to practice your math skills in a real world way. Calculating distance, time, fuel use, departures and arrivals...all of these are A plus math in the real world situations!

This week’s word problem challenge will boost kids math learning, and improve elementary school math skills such as addition, subtraction, and time in a fun and relatable way. Go ahead and give it a try. Take your time, and when you're ready check below for the solution!

Question: A plane leaves New York at 10:30 am heading to California. If the flight is 5½ hours long, what time will it be in California when it lands? (New York is 3 hours ahead of California.)

Solution: One way to do this is to add 5½ hours to 10:30 am. Since ½ an hour is 30 minutes we add, 10:30 am + 5 hours + 30 minutes = 4:00 pm New York time. Since California is 3 hours behind New York it is, 4:00 pm − 3 hours = 1:00 pm in California when the plane lands.

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